Jose Mourinho’s transfer decisions at Chelsea found a club legend and Terry’s perfect partner

It’s now almost 16 years since Jose Mourinho announced himself as the “special one” at his introductory Chelsea press conference.

Mourinho went on to lead the club to Premier League glory in his debut campaign, before retaining the title in 2005/06.

The Portuguese added a third winner’s medal to his collection in 2015, having returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge two years earlier.

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Mourinho’s first success at Chelsea was his most impressive.

The Blues finished 12 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table and only conceded 15 goals all season.

Mourinho inherited some fantastic players who were key to at least two of his title triumphs, including John Terry, Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele and Petr Cech, who had agreed to join the club in February.

But the former Porto manager was also keen to put his own stamp on the side, and quickly set about shaping the squad in his image.

So how did his first 10 signings fare?

Paulo Ferreira

A steady stalwart at right-back, Ferreira enjoyed a lengthy career at Chelsea. Mourinho’s first signing remained at the club until 2013, although most of his league appearances came before 2008/09.

Ferreira won two Premier League titles in that time, and bagged another medal under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010.

Verdict: Hit

Arjen Robben

Robben struggled with injuries at times and left Chelsea before his peak, but he was still an excellent signing from PSV.

Together with Damien Duff, the Dutchman terrorised opposition full-backs during each of his two title-winning campaigns.

Arjen Robben was a flying winger for Chelsea (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Verdict: Hit

Mateja Kezman

Signed from PSV for £5.3m, Kezman was handed the No.9 shirt at Chelsea. Hopes were high given that he’d notched 105 goals in 122 Eredivisie matches.

However, Kezman failed to live up to expectations…